Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
let the sea and what fills it resound;
let the plains be joyful and all that is in them!
Then let all the trees of the forest rejoice.
When the grass is dry and no longer green and the trees are brown and bare, when the ponds freeze into slick sheets of ice, and animals hibernate in warm shelters and wait for spring, we can be tempted to turn inward and overlook nature, to overlook our Mother Earth living, breathing, and ever creating. As Christmas approaches, we may find ourselves thinking of “heavenly” things and rejoice in spirit alone. However, the birth of Jesus reminds us that, just like him, we are embodied souls, formed of the earth, birthed into an exquisitely created world that nourishes us and provides for our survival, if we will take care of her.
Prayer: Dear gracious and loving God, help us to remember and care for our Mother Earth, her seas and plains, forests and deserts, valleys and hills, all those things which give us life and enable us to rejoice Christ’s birth.
~ Chad Gurley